YOUTH SPEAKS COMPETITION  (Thursday 16th November 2017 at Royal Russell School)

Presented by the Rotary Clubs of Addiscombe & Shirley, Coulsdon Manor, Croydon, Croydon Jubilee, Croydon Whitgift, and Sanderstead & Selsdon.

Schools competing - Intermediate Section (11-13 years):Croydon High School, talking about The Ethics of Dementia Treatment, Harris Academy South Norwood, talking about Let Regrets Go, Royal Russell, talking about Has the family broken down in the 21st Century?, and St Mary's Catholic High School, talking about Integration.

Schools competing -  Senior Section (14-17 years): Coloma Convent Girls' School, talking about The Life and Relevance of Oscar Wilde, and Old Palace of John Whitgift School, talking about Can we still disappear in the Bermuda Triangle?

As usual, the standard was very high, with very diverse subjects, and the winners were: 
Senior Competition:                   Old Palace of John Whitgift  and
Intermediate Competition:   Royal Russell 

The prizes of certificates and book tokens were presented by The Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Toni Letts.


"
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.  

At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them."

Laurence Binyon, For The Fallen

 

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Rememberance Day Parade in Croydon - Nov 2017
 The choir and this year's president Oz
 The Pop Choir in full swing
Lynn Macaskill who organised the event
19th. Sept 2017: Robert Sharp, 'English Pen'.
A truly inspirational presentation by Rob who kept us riveted telling about his Organisations work -around the World

We heard how English Pen help so many authors who have been silenced and imprisoned for their works -  all over the world.      www.englishpen.org

Mexico:  Murder of journalists a terrible blow to freedom of expression and information

Posted 22 May 2017 by English PEN staff :

English PEN joins PEN International in urging the Mexican authorities to make good on their commitment to protect the nation’s journalists and combat impunity.
Left: Rob Sharp      Right: Oz Ozgenturk
27th July 2017:  Gavin Barwell, a member of Her Majesty's Privy Council and recently appointed as Theresa May's  Chief of Staff.

Gavin very kindly presented an excellent overview of his new role as Chief of Staff and despite the enormous responsibility that he held in this position, his dedication and enthusiasm were overwhelming.


On the 15th August our speaker was Peter Higgins presenting "Her Majesty's Customs &  Excise - as it was"

 Peter Higgins joined as an Officer of HM Customs & Excise and, during a 40-year career, spent the majority of his time in a wide variety of the Department's Customs, Excise, Purchase Tax (as was) and VAT operational roles. 
 Peter gave us an excellent insight to his career and some of the challenges and indeed laughs that he could share with us.

 
15 Aug 2017: We were very lucky to have Edward Rook to take us on a journey with him back to his competitive experience in the Le Man's race in 1959. Edward enthralled us with so many superb pictures and stories as he took us through highlights of the route.

Pic: Chris Rutter and Edward Rook.
The Prizegiving at Addiscombe Athletic Football Club on the 29th July 17,   We sponsored the Club's Referee and Linesmen Tabards (Teams Under 8, Under 9, Under 11 and Under 14) for 2016-7. 

Photos  of the Under 14 Hurricanes  -  Undefeated B League champions, London cup quarter finalists, and League cup quarter finalists
St Christopher's Fun Day 2017 was a great success.  

We marshalled Checkpoints 7 and 8 and had lots of fun with an estimated 2000 + walkers (not including their dogs!) covering 4 different routes.

Even the rain held off until late afternoon!

Saturday April 22nd was 'Know Your Blood Pressure Day, held in conjunction with the Stroke Association. Thanks to Dr. Ravi and his team, and fellow Rotarians who set up camp in Croydon Library, 122 locals came to have their Blood Pressure tested and to seek general medical advice.

6 people were found to have dangerously high Blood Pressure and were referred immediately to their own GP's for treatment.
Despite some rain showers, we had a great time at Beddington Charity May Fayre in Beddington Park and collected over £200 from book sales.




March 2017  - Our social evening (first Tuesday of each month with members and 2 new friends 
April 2017- Author Gordon L Thomas
enthralled us with a talk on his latest novels 


More about Gordon

2017   Our first event of the year was an excellent evening where we joined with West Wickham and the Bromley clubs who organised a Burns Night. After formally 'Adressing the Haggis'  we were entertained with music and Poems. The raffle proceeds of over £600 were all in aid on End Polio Now.
More about End Polio Now
Youth Speaks 2016 (Seniors) 
The Old Palace Senior Team winners will now go forward to the District Semi-Final to be held next February. They presented 'Do actions speak louder than words?'. The Deputy Mayor presented the trophies
Know your Blood Pressure Day 2016
Croydon Public Library on Saturday the 19th November. We checked over 100 visitors free of charge. High blood pressure is a contributing factor to 54% of strokes in the UK. 

  Youth Speaks 2016 (Intermediates)
The Old Palace Intermediate Team winners will also go forward to the District Semi-Finals to be held next February. They presented 'Do the Arts require a standing Ovation?'
 

Hurricane Matthew 2016
Following the news relating to Hurricane Matthew and it's devastating effect on Haiti and Cuba, the RIBI Donations Trust has set up the "Caribbean Hurricane Appeal". Monies raised will be used to fund sustainable long-term, community projects, in the reconstruction phase supported by Rotarians
Croydon Tram Crash
November 2016

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of those who suffered in the Tram derailment
Joe Baxter winning the raffle prize at our joint meeting with West Wickam at their meeting on the   11th October 2016 .
I'm not sure which is more scary, the cat or Joe's expression!
16th. Aug 2016: A really fantastic evening listening to so many humorous stories from Patricia F Creighton MBE who is a Toastmaster & Master of Ceremonies.  
30th. August 2016: Our team visited the Multiple Sclerosis Centre to see patients receving vital Neuro Physical Therapy, The centre is only funded from charitable donations, and need £200,000 for 2017.
Des gallantly giving his recent lottery win to Mildred (visiting from Rotary Accra) after she very kindly stood in as our Speaker for the night.
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